As from 18 January 2017, it has become easier to obtain a temporary residence if you have a good business idea. Simply apply for a ‘Start-up visa’.
Estonia is quite restrictive when it comes to immigration. There is a quota of a maximum of 1,300 temporary residence permits per year, not including refugees under EU’s relocation programme, and last year this quota was filled before the end of the year.
The start-up scene in Estonia is, however, rather vivid, and many entrepreneurs, who want to come, are hindered by the restrictive immigration rules. So a change was needed.
As from 18 January 2017, the Estonian Aliens Act includes an exemption making it easier to obtain a visa if you have a good business idea. This is called a ‘Start-up visa’.